Do you have varicose veins or spider veins? Then you might have venous stasis, a condition that develops when the blood flow inside your veins is insufficient or inadequate, causing blood to collect and “pool up” inside the veins. Also called chronic venous insufficiency, venous stasis is a common cause of ugly, painful varicose veins, and without treatment, it can also cause painful sores or ulcers that can be difficult to treat, as well as other leg problems like pain, swelling, and fatigue.
Venous Stasis Prevention Tips
Several factors can contribute to venous stasis — some of which you can control and some of which you can’t. Uncontrollable factors are issues like genes and age that can’t be changed. The most common controllable causes include:
- sitting or standing for long periods of time
- not getting enough physical exercise or activity
An effective prevention strategy focuses on altering these controllable factors to reduce your risks and make non-controllable factors like genetics and age less influential on the development of vascular disease.
Obviously, if you smoke, you need to quit. Easier said than done, but there are many effective programs to help you cut back and eventually stop smoking entirely — and it’s not just your veins that will thank you.
If you find yourself standing or sitting at your job for long periods of time, you can reduce the pressure inside your veins by taking regular breaks to move around. Just walking around your workplace for a few minutes every hour or so if possible can help keep your blood flowing to relieve excess pressure that can cause your vein valves to weaken and malfunction. Marching in place and rotating your ankles (whether you’re sitting or standing) are good habits to develop to help promote better circulation when you can’t take a break to walk around.
Being more physically active can be as simple as taking a walk during your lunch break or after dinner. Swimming and other aerobic activities are also ideal, but you might want to limit weightlifting and similar activities that can actually increase the pressure inside your veins temporarily. Your doctor can advise you on the best way to incorporate these activities into your routine if you like.
Since blood is composed mostly of fluid, you should also make sure to drink plenty of water or other unsweetened, non-caffeinated drinks. And when you can, elevate your legs above your heart to reduce pressure inside your veins and prevent swelling. Use a pillow under your legs when lying on the couch or even when sleeping.
Venous Stasis Treatment
Because venous stasis interferes with normal circulation, it can also have a major impact on your overall health and wellness. Treating venous stasis is important for preventing more serious issues and for helping you improve and maintain optimal health, especially as you get older. As a leader in vein health solutions, Metro Vein Centers is a top-ranked provider of advanced vein treatments aimed at helping men and women improve circulation. To learn more about treatment options or to schedule your vein evaluation, call Metro Vein Centers at 888-424-3882 today.